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Students - General - History
About Floyd Central
Floyd Central High School is located in Floyds Knobs on 6575 Old Vincennes Road in Floyd County, Indiana, and is located a short drive away from Louisville Kentucky. In the beginning, Floyd Central was thought of as a rural farming community school, but as it has grown, there are farmers and the population has moved towards upper to middle-class families. Floyd Central is part of the New Albany--Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation, which serves nearly 11,000 students in Floyd County, and is one of two high schools, with New Albany being the second. The school colors of Floyd Central are green and gold and the school's mascot is the Highlander, a Scottish soldier. Additionally, the school's fight song is sung to The Minnesota Rouser.
Floyd Central has a first class commission from the Indiana Department of Public Instruction and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a voluntary regional accreditation organization.
A Nationally Recognized School
In the last decade, Floyd Central has been repeatedly recognized as an outstanding high school at the state and national level. For the years 1994- 1996 Floyd Central was one of twelve schools in Indiana to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. In the spring of 2002, Floyd Central was again recognized as a National School of Excellence, one of just seven Indiana schools to be named a Blue Ribbon School. Floyd Central has been named an Indiana Four Star School twelve times. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recognized Floyd Central for excellence in educational achievement as a "Best Buy" school for the fifth time in the fall of 2005. The school has been recognized for its career planning program by the United States Army. The school's Student Service Department has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as an exemplary program and is currently recognized as a Gold Star School. The performing arts programs are recognized as exemplary programs throughout the state of Indiana. The band, orchestra, and choir consistently do very well in state competitions, and the drama program has performed at national and international conferences and festivals. The music department has been nationally recognized twice as a Grammy School, being designated as a Grammy Signature Gold Award School in 1998-1999 and as a Grammy Signature School in 2002. The athletic program offers many opportunities for students to excel at many levels and competitions. As a member of the Hoosier Hills Athletic Conference, Floyd Central has been named the Hoosier Hills Conference Grand Champions eighteen out of twenty-one years. Floyd Central is a renaisannce school.
In the 1993-1994 school year, Floyd Central joined more than 2,000 other schools in the United States in breaking through the paradigms of today's educational system by offering numerous recognition and incentive programs to reward both student and teacher performance. The primary goal of the Renaissance Educational Foundation is to motivate students to attain a higher level of academic success.
Floyd Central has a history of success in athletics during its existence. When Floyd Central first opened it only included seven sports, those being: cross country, football, wrestling, swimming, basketball, track, and baseball. Sports history at Floyd Central greatly evolved in the 1970's when the second ever athletic director, Les Wright, took over the program. During the era of Wright, twelve additional sports were added to the school. Additionally, as Wright held his position as athletic director, over twelve Hoosier Hills Conference Grand All-Sports titles were won, meaning that out of all of the schools sports, Floyd Central won the most conference titles in each particular year.
The plans for Floyd Central Junior/Senior High School got started by the school board and Superintendent, Glen Barks, early in the 1960's. Better high school curriculum, reduced transportation costs, and a growing school corporations were the three main reasons for deciding to build a new high school. Floyd County was growing and the schools were starting to become overcrowded. In 1961, the opening day enrollment the Floyd County school was expected to be around 9,800 students which was an enrollment of 200 more students than the previous year. This expansion was expected to continue to grow as the Interstate Highway 64 was being build through county. At that time, Georgetown High School was the secondary high school in the county, but was limited in what it could offer its students. The new plan would allow Georgetown to become an elementary school and allow the construction of a new high school to accommodate the needs and growth of the student population. When the school board first began revising a plan, the budget was around $2,250,000. Originally, the school was to act as a junior-senior high for a few years then an additional high school would be created to accommodate sophomore though senior students, and the current building would become a junior high school. The plans for Floyd Central started moving even more in 1964 when the school board approved a budget of $1,468,020, which was less than the budget for the school that would act as the primary high school in rural area of Floyd County. The hope is that the school would be ready for use by September 1966. Ground was broken on the 50 acre site on 1965 and by this time the cost was estimated to reach $2,600,000. Floyd Central was being design as one of the most advanced schools in the state and some believed it could rival schools across the country. Following the initial construction of the school, Floyd Central has undergone significant renovation in 1970, 1984, 2004, and most recently 2010. Incorporating a planetarium, Olympic sized swimming pool, computer labs, vast library, and lunch room with outside seating, Floyd Central is the perfect learning environment for students both old and new. Though the school has seen much and undergone many changes, the future of Floyd Central is limitless.